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Egypt rubbishes reports about giving Sinai to Palestinians

AP
Published Feb 23, 2017, 8:07 pm IST
Updated Feb 23, 2017, 8:07 pm IST
In a statement, Alaa Youssef said the issue has not been discussed or presented ‘on any level.’
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Photo: AFP)
 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Photo: AFP)

Cairo: The spokesman for Egypt's president is categorically denying Israeli reports that Egypt has proposed giving up part of Sinai Peninsula for the Palestinians to set up an independent state.

In a statement, Alaa Youssef said the issue has not been discussed or presented "on any level."

 

"It's unimaginable to get into such unrealistic and unacceptable proposals especially in Sinai, which is a dear part of the nation," he said.

His remarks came at the end of a meeting on Thursday between top commanders of the Egyptian army and police with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo.

The reports of establishing a Palestinian state in Sinai were first mentioned by an Israeli deputy minister named Ayoub Kara on his Twitter account. The Israeli press published it, causing an outcry in Egypt.

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